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I just signed up for Rossie's Process Pledge so I will start with the project I'm currently working on... my squid quilt.  After I got all my little 3/4" hexies made, I laid them all out on a big table according to my pattern, without caring how the water blues looked.  Here is how it looked:

Then I spent almost 4 days re-arranging over and over again until I was happy with the blends.  It turned out to be a bit tougher to blend the colors than I thought ~ but now I love it:
So last week I started the big process of piecing the hexagons together.  This is one of the first hand-stitched projects I've done, so I tried a few different ways, but the way I found to work for me best is to:
•1 run needle under back of hexie and through the corner, so the knot is under the fabric and not showing:




•2 with WRONG sides together I start my stitch:



•3 I use a ladder type stitch and go all the way across to the other side



•4 because I feel the need for stability, I flip it around and go back across one more time:



• then I run the stitch to the center of the hexies and pull my needle through to the back:



• from there I tie off the thread in a stable knot on the backside:
• and voila... the front tends to have no showing thread:





At this stage, I'm starting to consider the edging of this quilt.  I'm thinking a solid color fabric maybe... or I have some nice blueish silk with green strands running through it that could look nice with this, but I don't know about mixing silk and cotton in the same quilt.  I'm also trying to decide if the edging fabric should be made into more hexies and added to what I have so far, then when I sew the straight edges, the hexagon shapes will be visible.  So much to consider... luckily I have plenty of time while I piece these together!


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